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Thursday, 29 September 2011

Apple Cinnamon & Raisin Porridge

Why is this early morning favorite like a warm hug? Because it’s what my dad has made me many a breakfast since I was little enough to stay clung to the tops of his feet while he worked in the kitchen. 

Aside from my obvious sentimental value and memories, it really is great tasting and a filling breakfast or lunchtime meal.  It’s easy and quick enough that you can make it mid-week before you head off to work – or save it for a lazy Saturday. 

Apple Cinnamon & Raisin Porridge 

Makes approximately six bowls. 
4 cups of water
2 cups of quick oats
1 TBSP butter
2 medium sized apples, peeled and grated
3 TBSP brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup golden raisins

1. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water and quick oats to a boil - and reduce to medium/low heat.
2. Stir in TBSP of butter and grated apples.
3. Add 3 TBSP of brown sugar and stir in cinnamon and salt.
4.  Stir in raisins - should be a fairly thick consistency at this point. Taste.  If not quite enough “umph” add a little extra salt.  
5. Serve with milk and topped with a little brown sugar.

This is also great for leftovers. Simply boil the kettle and pour a little water in the bowl - just enough to get the "stiffness" out of it while stirring it with a spoon. Place in the microwave for about a minute. Remove and then add milk/sugar as necessary. This helps it taste fresh and help avoid it from getting too sticky and clumpy like bad porridge! Serve with a cup of Tetley Tea and you're ready to take on the day.

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